With a 3-game win streak, the Lions have moved from 8 to 9
to 10 wins, and have now equalled their 2011 win count.
With the Packers dropping the ball against the Bills, it meant beating the Vikings would propel themselves to the top of the division. However, despite what happens next week, the Lions still need to the Packers in week 17 to win the NFC North.
Going down 14-0 early against the Vikes and with a struggling (to say the least) offense, it looked like the Lions would squander their chances. Thanks to interceptions by Glover Quinn and Darius Slay giving the offense a pair of short fields, the Lions went into the half 14-10. A pair of 2nd half field goals was enough to secure the win.
– This defense constantly gives the team chances. Despite being driven on in the first half, the defense still managed to make Bridgewater pay for his mistakes.
– The Lions improved to 9-1 in divisional games in the last two seasons.
– Joique Bell seems to be the feature running back, with 15 rushes for 62 yards. Reggie Bush is not the back he was in 2013. I would expect Theo Riddick to be given more of a chance as the season progresses.
– The Lions are, excitingly, just one win away from a post-season berth. They deserve credit for winning games like they have against the Saints, Falcons, Dolphins and Vikings, showing resiliency and showing they can never be counted out.
– In 9 games now, they have gone 7-2, and only lost at Arizona and at New England. Such consistency is a consequence of Jim Caldwell’s ‘one-game-at-a-time’ attitude. In that same span, the Packers have gone down to the Saints and Bills.
– The Lions have finished 7-1 on the season, their best Ford Field record ever. Their only loss was against the Bills 17-14 when Alex Henery missed three field goals. Their only home loss was to a Jim Schwartz team.